Past Board members
JESSICA WINTON, PRESIDENT
Jessica Winton is a practicing sculptor based in Halifax, NS. She brings her 20-year involvement as an artist in the north end Halifax community to the board. Her work on previous society boards, The Paradise Sisters Cinema and Photopolis Festival, as well as experience curating the Hydrostone Gallery has given her a depth of knowledge applicable to her current role as President of Wonder’neath Art Society.
After attaining her MFA from NSCAD University, her personal practice has continued to investigate the role of the citizen artist in the public spheres we occupy. Her work follows Joseph Beuys’ theory of the importance of sculpture’s relationship to the social, and often includes participation from members of the publics, particularly neighbourhood children, and elders. Her recurrent experience as a prop builder in the Film & Television industry has influenced her atypical approach to material usage, and tendency toward performance.
Raven Davis, vice president
Raven Davis is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, performer, social justice speaker/advocate and community facilitator from the Anishinaabek Nation in Manitoba. Davis was born and raised in Tkaronto (Toronto) and currently works between K’jipuktuk (Halifax) and Tkaronto. A parent of 3 sons, Davis blends narratives of colonization, race, gender, sexuality, Two-Spirit identity and the Anishinaabemowin language and culture into a variety of contemporary art forms. Davis currently holds a position on the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective board of directors and is a festival co-director for Queer Acts Halifax.
Update: Raven served on our board from Oct 2014 - March 2018, helping Wonder'neath grow and stabilize as a society. We are so grateful for their guidance and dedication – and look tremendously forward to Raven's next curatorial projects, collaborations, and their personal art practice.
TYLER COLBOURNE, VICE PRESIDENT
My name is Tyler Colbourne. Most of my adult life has been filled with transcendent experiences in adult-education, tourism, non-profit, and the creative arts. I have been very privileged to do a great many magical things in my adult life: I have worked as a flight attendant, I have photographed fairy tale princes on the ocean floor, and I even worked as a pirate on a tall-ship sailing schooner.
Through my many and diverse experiences I have always been in pursuit of more freedom, creativity, vitality, and harmony for myself and others. I believe in being ruthlessly compassionate and honestly vulnerable. I work as a coordinator for the Dartmouth Learning Network and as a photographer.
I am a lifelong volunteer and try to give back when I can to Halifax Jazz Festival, the Youth Project, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. In 2015 I was awarded the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award and this year I received the Sovereign Medal for Volunteers.
Cecilia Greyson, SEcretary
Cecilia Greyson is a writer and administrator based in Halifax, NS. After studying visual art at Simon Fraser University, she worked for ten years in arts administration and festival production in Vancouver, managing large-scale arts events like Illuminares, Pride Festival, First Night Vancouver, and the 2010 Cultural Olympiad. She holds a Masters degree in Journalism, and has worked as a media spokesperson, advisor and organizer for prominent human-rights causes and political campaigns.
Gillian Robinson is a writer and editor. Over the years she has worked with Isuma, an Inuit filmmaking group and television network, as a writer, editor and project manager...Director of Arts, Culture and Education at Tr’ondek Hwech’in First Nation, Dawson City, Yukon....Part of the collective at Groupe Intervention Video (GIV), Montreal, Quebec, a non-profit women’s video center for the production and distribution of documentary, social justice and art video by women... Writer for Center for Television Studies, collaboration with video artist on a six-part video series on old age in Newfoundland, wrote text to accompany videos and book, In My End is my Beginning, for a show at the Art Gallery of Ontario... Assistant Editor at Fuse Magazine, Toronto, Ontario...and other various work. Books include: The Journals of Knud Rasmussen; Isuma Inuit Studies Reader; Atanarjuat The Fast Runner; The Slow Reign of Calamity Jane.
Renée Forrestall is a Halifax based painter, and art educator. Renee teaches at NSCAD University and Halifax Grammar School. She has a special interest in working with non-profits including Wonder’neath and The Halifax N.S. Down Syndrome Society. In 2007, Renee created Team Possibles, an arts exploration group that addresses social, cultural, and expressive needs of young adults with Down Syndrome through engagement in different art forms including: visual arts, film, and dance, music and theatre.
Renée holds a BFA and BA in Art Education from NSCAD. She studied forensic art in the U.S. and has held residencies at Dalhousie Medical School and the Queen Elizabeth Health Sciences Centre in Halifax. Renee has received provincial scholarships and grants and her artwork is in the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and numerous corporate and private collections. She is currently represented by Secord Gallery in Halifax.